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hisinc 04-07-2010 04:46 PM

Showdown: IOM vs Black
I have been debating whether to burden you all with this question, cause I know the decision is ultimately mine... and based on what I like.. BUT that is the problem.. I LIKE both and keep flip flopping each time I see one or the other. Anyway, I figure maybe some of you had the same turmoil when deciding on colors so here goes.

Planning to order me a 2011 2LT RS. I will likely upgrade to the 21" GM wheels the ones mainly silver/chrome with the black accents, and definitely getting around a 20% tint. I cannot come to a firm conclusion between two colors... IOM with black racing stripes VS Black with IOM racing stripes. Now these colors are way apart on the color spectrum, and I have tried weighing all the pros/cons for each. Wondering if there is anybody else out there that was trying decide between these two colors, and what did you decide, and did you wish you had picked the other color? For example, I think the black would look great with those wheels, and like the chrome gas tank door, and the chrome gill inserts... I would also want to switch out the grill on the black because I think it needs some sort of contrast there instead of black on black. On the other hand, black does not seem to show the curves of the car or make you look twice like the brighter colors ( I see a lot of black ones around here), hence IOM. IOM I would not have to do much to the exterior look, maybe still add some gill inserts, the wheels, maybe a heritage grill down the line..and though I've seen IOM at the dealers, I have not seen one on the road since last year. I don't want a "red" car and wonders how much IOM really looks like red on a daily basis, and if this would bother me over time. I have heard that the cool part is it seems to change colors depending on lighting. I've never had a bright colored car before, so not sure how it does with showing dirt, pollen, etc. I wish I could by both and then the problem would be solved, but since that is not the case, I would be interested to hear from others that were between these two. The 2011 info wll be out soon, so I need to make a decision (unless they add some other color that really messes me up on choice). It's so bad that everytime I see a cool picture of one I add it to a folder so that I can go back to the folder and analyze the two in order to make a decision.

So let the showdown begin... IOM vs Black.... what you like, what you dislike, what did YOU choose? :popcorn:

Thanks in advance... I love this site and the people on the site! :thumbup::thumbup:

spyderbuddy 04-07-2010 04:51 PM

There is nothing like a black car
when the paint is prefect
but man that inferno orange grows on you and then wham
got to go with th iom over the black

Camaro21 04-07-2010 04:53 PM

Black is Sexy (When Clean). I chose black..

Legend 04-07-2010 04:54 PM

Black is beautiful but so hard to maintain!

IOM...just plain sexy!

I'd go IOM over black...

yuioutta 04-07-2010 04:58 PM

I have had 3 different black Camaros and one black pickup, loved the way they all looked. Black is my all time favorite color but..... I got so tired of trying to keep them clean and detailing them that this time I went with IOM. Really happy with my decision and have no regrets. The orange does look different as lighting changes. Still love the look of black on these cars though.

ron10 04-07-2010 05:00 PM

love black,but my last car was black and it was a pain to keep the swirl marks off.that is why i went with the iom.

Inferno2SS 04-07-2010 05:03 PM

IOM doesnt look red at all in person. In pictures that are taken with too dark of an exposure or at night it will look a little red but not in person. Both colors are great, just make up your mind and dont look back, you can drive yourself crazy if you keep second guessing it.

greenrail 04-07-2010 05:40 PM

I liked the menacing look of black. Hard to keep clean? Heck yes. But boy is it ever worth it when you look at those beautiful lines carved in Black! YOWZERS!

camarowa 04-07-2010 05:42 PM

Take the IOM, skip the 21" wheels and use the funds to get some nice aftermarket wheels. jmho.

2010 SSRS 04-07-2010 05:45 PM
IOM is Awesome

2SSRSB 04-07-2010 05:49 PM

Black is awesome and makes the car look mean. It's also a very common color for all makes of cars... hmmmmmm.

Dforce0990 04-07-2010 05:53 PM

I have the iom w/ black rally's coming, and there are two guys i ride with with black and iom rally's. Both are sexy. and grab alot of attention. the iom is more noticable by everyone to include cops (personal experience) then the black which would fade away with traffice. also i tend to go against the grain, and not with it. so i picked a in your face color. but forewarning, if you get a iom, be prepared to defend your car because many will say what a nice shade of red it is...

nUcLeArEnVoY 04-07-2010 05:55 PM

I've brought up the SAME thread before, dude. The results were mixed. While the poll suggested IOM with black stripes, the posts catered more towards black with orange stripes. I eventually ended up with black & orange stripes.

If you take good care of the car, you can make even a black paint job look nice around the clock. How a car looks is completely under your control, but what color the paint is going to be is not once you buy it. If you want a real orange, then you're not going to get it with IOM at certain times of the day.

Here's the thread I started, it's basically your EXACT same question -

I hope it helps.

Michael_Js 04-07-2010 05:57 PM

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go both ways! ;)

Get the IOM and paint the top 1/2 black! Someone on the forum did that and it came out awesome!

markbolt 04-07-2010 05:58 PM

Love the black but to hard to keep clean.

I love my IOM plus a little easier to keep clean or at least hide the dust a little.

Chief Bob 04-07-2010 06:55 PM

Okay, my 2 cents:

My 02 SS convertible was an award winning triple black beauty. I recieved first place trophies at Camaro Superfest, Ontario Nationals, GM Best Camaro and various other events. That being said, black is a very difficult color to maintain, even if it is garage queen (trust me). If you don't mind everything and I mean everything showing on your car get black, but if you want to enjoy your car without cleaning nonstop I would personnally get IOM. As a matter of fact, I did. You can always do black rallies, hockey sticks or other accent in black.

All in all, it is ultimately your choice, just be informed and enjoy your car:chevy:

prostock69 04-07-2010 07:04 PM

IOM is eye catching and sexy. You have to see it in person (if you haven't already). Pics does not do it justice. I knew this was the color for us, my husband wasn't so sure. But once we went and picked our car up, he immediately fell in love, and I mean IN LOVE with the color.

Outlaw_SS 04-07-2010 07:10 PM

Love them both.....

Rafsanjani 04-07-2010 07:15 PM

First vote is black but if I went IOM it would have dark tint, black stripes and black wheels.

whamslam3 04-07-2010 10:48 PM

get orange:w00t:. black is to common:thumbdown:

shinzon 04-07-2010 10:53 PM

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can the pumpkin do this ?

Inferno2SS 04-07-2010 10:55 PM


Originally Posted by shinzon (Post 1690188)
can the pumpkin do this ?

I wasnt even trying to get reflections and I was easily able to and it wasnt even sunny outside and I was not even up close to the hood. This was also after spending the day driving around the mountains, unlike black it doesnt show every single piece of dust and dirt on it.

markbolt 04-07-2010 10:57 PM


Originally Posted by Michael_Js (Post 1688944)
go both ways! ;)

Get the IOM and paint the top 1/2 black! Someone on the forum did that and it came out awesome!

Dude this is a hot a$$ car. Nice job.

BANZAIKEV 04-07-2010 11:02 PM

Come to the Dark Side and go Black. You Will not regret it.

import_killa 04-07-2010 11:12 PM

IOM easier to keep clean

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